(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 7 January 2008
The internet broadcast of ICTY court sessions in all three courtrooms resumes today.
The Tribunal has been successfully broadcasting ICTY trials since 1995, covering all three courtrooms in relevant languages since 2005. This service was set up and operated by an outside provider on a voluntary basis with no direct involvement of the Tribunal's technical services.
Unfortunately the provider recently experienced severe technical difficulties which caused serious disruption to broadcasts of all on-going ICTY trials. Both the ICTY Registry and the outside provider were deeply concerned about these problems and held discussions to find a way to ensure that the system became operational again.
During the court winter recess both parties worked closely together on a transitional project aimed at solving the malfunction and subsequently to transfer the responsibility for the operation of the internet broadcast to the ICTY technical services.
As a result, the ICTY is now able to resume broadcast of all public trials. Barring possible disruptions this week due to the fine tuning of some elements, the ICTY is confident that no technical difficulties will appear in the future to disrupt this much needed and widely used service.